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prof.dr. K. Pfeffer (Karin)

Full Professor

Expertise

Governance
Slum
Imagery
Remote Sensing
Geography
Knowledge Management
Music
Electronic Publishing
Geographic Information Systems
Information Systems
Inequality
Peru
Urban Development
Development

Research

I am holding the chair Infrastructuring Urban Futures in the Research theme PLUS – People, Land and Urban Systems. 

The chair analyses past and present developments of urban processes, and develops scientific methods, approaches and tools to sketch, simulate and analyse urban futures in a collaborative planning environment. The term infrastructuring emphasizes the important relationship between urban development, infrastructures and services (e.g. transport, energy, water, telecommunication, etc.), and it expresses the need to rethink and innovate the way cities are managed and developed. The pressure on urban planners to re-invent their practices raises the question of how research can engage with, and participate in, the development of new urban planning practices which address issues of urban sustainability and the tension between efficiency and inequality. Therefore, the chair investigates how urban governance actors (state, corporates, citizens, academia) develop, organize and practice access to urban infrastructure (transport, energy, water, sewage, etc) and how Geo-T can enhance the planning of and access to urban infrastructures balancing sectorial and social priorities. It combines quantitative, spatial (GIS and Remote Sensing techniques) and qualitative methods and employs a multi-stakeholder perspective to generate information and knowledge from different data sources in urban areas and investigate its use in urban governance and planning processes. 

My specific research topics are:

  • Urban infrastructures and infrastructuring
  • Urban planning support
  • Urban poverty and spatial inequalities
  • Mapping and analyzing urban deprivations / slum areas
  • Urbanisation patterns and processes
  • Sensorial environment of urban public spaces
  • Smart urbanism and urban lifestyles
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Geo-technologies and digital technologies
  • Geographic information analysis and spatial knowledge
  • Participatory mapping / qualitative GIS

 

Publications

Recent Articles
Bild, E., Steele, D., Pfeffer, K., Bertolini, L., & Guastavino, C. (2018). Activity as a Mediator Between Users and Their Auditory Environment in an Urban Pocket Park: A Case Study of Parc du Portugal (Montreal, Canada). In F. Aletta, & J. Xiao (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design (pp. 100-125). IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3637-6.ch005
Roy, D., Palavalli, B., Menon, N., King, R., Pfeffer, K., Lees, M. H., & Sloot, P. M. A. (2018). Survey-based socio-economic data from slums in Bangalore, India. Scientific Data, 5, [170200 ]. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2017.200
Sara, L. M., Pfeffer, K., & Baud, I. (2017). Unfolding Urban Geographies of Water-Related Vulnerability and Inequalities : Recognising Risks in Knowledge Building in Lima, Peru. In S. Bell, A. Allen, P. Hofmann, & T-H. Teh (Eds.), Urban water trajectories (pp. 81-89). Cham, Germany: Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42686-0_6
Saharan, T., Pfeffer, K., & Baud, I. (2017). Urban Livelihoods in Slums of Chennai : Developing a Relational Understanding. European journal of development research.
Roy, D., Lees, M. H., Pfeffer, K., & Sloot, P. M. A. (2017). Modelling the impact of household life cycle on slums in Bangalore. Computers, environment and urban systems, 64, 275-287. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.03.008

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75)
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands